Halloween, why not unite with four of your girlfriends and transform
into one of the most successful girl groups of all time - The Go-Go’s!
With Belinda Carlisle on vocals, Jane Wiedlin on guitar, Charlotte Caffey
lead guitar/keyboards, Gina Schock on drums and Kathy Valentine on bass
changed the face of women in music with the release of their 1981 smash
hit Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits “Our Lips are
Sealed” and “We Got the Beat.”
Listening to the album over and over again in its entirety after
discovering it in my Uncle Bob’s collection made me a fan. Seeing the
group drive around in a convertible and splash around in a fountain in
the video for “Our Lips are Sealed” made me a super fan.
The girls followed up with another great album the following year,
Vacation, which wasn’t as popular as Beauty and the Beat but
boasted a super catchy title track along with a super catchy video for
the song “Vacation.”
So...of course my girlfriends and I were the Go-Go’s for Halloween when I
was 13 years old. I was Kathy Valentine. My best friend Susie got to be
Gina Schock because she owned a pair of drumsticks.
Today, you and your girl gang could be one of several incarnations of the
band. Like, you could totally do the Beauty and the Beat album cover on
All you need is:
- Five towels
- Five more towels (to put your hair up in)
- Cold cream
- A brave attitude and pact to each be on “towel patrol” for each other the
You could also do Vacation-era Go-Go’s! This is a little
more involved than the costumes above, but it’s still easy and would
be super cute...
- Hot pink bathing suits or tank tops
- White tutu’s
- White elbow length gloves
You could also do what my girlfriend’s and I did, each pick a Go-Go
and dress like her.
For this you will need:
- Variety of 80’s/new wave clothing
- Stiletto high-heels
- Big jewelry, big hair, sunglasses
- A friend with a pair of drumsticks
So go ahead and grab your friends, get up and go and be a Go-Go - a
fun, cute, sassy, sexy homage to one of the great groups of the
Report back to me on whether or not your towel stays on all night.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.